Suozzi announces funding in Great Neck, Roslyn

Suozzi announces funding in Great Neck, Roslyn
Congressman Tom Suozzi, center, was joined by other Sid Jacobson JCC officials in presenting the facility with a $850,000 check. On Wednesday, he made visits in Great Neck and Roslyn as part of his farewell tour, during which he announced roughly $14 million in financing for numerous Nassau County and New York City-based groups. (Photo by Steven Keehner)

Congressman Tom Suozzi’s (D-Glen Cove) conducted a farewell tour Wednesday that included stops in Great Neck and Roslyn in which he announced nearly $14 million in funding for several Nassau County and New York City-based organizations.

Suozzi’s tour was one of his final acts as New York’s 3rd congressional representative. He submitted the community-funded 2023 projects in April. On Wednesday, he presented checks to several groups, from government entities to nonprofit organizations.

Suozzi’s North Hempstead stops included the Great Neck Senior Center ($464,500), Roslyn Grist Mill Rehabilitation ($500,000) and Sid Jacobson JCC ($850,000). The JCC’s funding will go towards a new roof, while the senior center’s grant will allow them to complete renovations.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and Village of Roslyn Mayor John Durkin joined Suozzi at the Roslyn Grist Mill stop. Blakeman thanked Suozzi for his preservation efforts.

“Once and for all we’ll get it preserved,” said Blakeman. “Because if we don’t preserve our historical sites, young people coming up won’t know about this community and how wonderful it was, the fact that this has such a rich history and that you have a beautiful historic district.”

The funds will complete the wood frame restoration, reinstall the timber frame parts and lower the building to street level. Suozzi recalled working on the Roslyn Grist Mill during his days as county executive.

“I know the current county executive is working on it and they’ve made tremendous progress,” he said. “But they need money.”

The renovations will also provide public access to the historic site built between 1715 and 1741. Howard Kroplick, co-president of the Roslyn Landmark Society and former North Hempstead Town Historian, was also thankful.

“This could not be done without the community getting involved and government officials supporting the project so thank you so much,” he said. “It’s just wonderful.”

Other recipients include the Center for Women in New York ($1,000,000); India Home Colon Cancer ($500,000); Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ($2,000,000); LGBT Network ($500,000); Northport flooding ($1,392,000); Asharoken flood abatement ($1,000,000); Garvies Point ($294,300); Services Now for Adult Persons, Queens ($750,000); YMCA Huntington ($250,000); Met Council ($750,000); City of Glen Cove Duck Pond Road Aeration Station ($3,452,972); New York City Office of Emergency Management ($926,813); and LIU “Exploring Presidential Stories” ($149,500).

Suozzi is coming off a failed gubernatorial primary campaign in which he lost to Gov. Kathy Hochul in June. He also did not run for re-election to the congressional seat he has held since 2017.

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